Last night our “walk to run” group warmed up with 5 minutes of walking and did 1-1 “1 walk, 1 run..ok…65-55 seconds really” and finished 3 miles in 41:30. Yeah, that is slow by runner’s standards, but better than some of the pace groups that are supposed to be faster than ours. :-) And our group is getting better.
That was easy for me (I had 6 miles earlier that morning for my own workout). But this morning: my legs were still slightly achy and heavy. So I warmed up with 1 mile of walking and then jogged oh…let’s see: about 5.2 miles in..a ghastly 58 minutes.
That was 11:15 mpm for a hilly course…right at what my recovery pace is “supposed to be”. Reading that makes me feel sick.
Still, that is one thing I am going to have to accept: do distance and my 5K will suffer and do the 5K and forget about the very long distances. What’s it going to be?
The positive: it was a glorious, chilly and sunny morning.
And I had enough left in the tank to get some weights afterward:
5 sets of 10 pull ups (4 around rotator cuff exercises and the final one after bench.
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 180 (strong, but didn’t push), 5 x 170, 8 x 160 (rotator cuff)
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell standing
super set: rows (3 sets of 10 with 110) and pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 150 (double pulley machine)
In September of 1999 (at 40 years of age): half marathon in 1:34:16 (7:11 pace), then the first 20 miles of the Quad Cities in 2:37 (7:51 pace; crashed and finished in 3:45…bad cramps).
Today: ONE mile at 7:50 was, while not all out, challenging. I did hit the halves in 3:55 each. Yes, I did this right after lifting weights and that had a minor negative effect.
In September of 1986 (27 years of age): in the bench press I got 11 reps with bodyweight (230 lbs). Today: 3 reps (3 x 180); probably could have gotten 1 more had I used a spotter. I weighed 180.0 on the gym scale prior to the workout.
15 years and 28 years can make a difference in what one can do. At times, it feels as if someone stuck a straw under my skin and sucked all of the muscle mass right out.
Nevertheless, I have some goals set up. One will be to walk the Peoria Marathon this October. The next (tentative) will be the McNotAgain 30 mile (hilly, trail) about 3-4 weeks later. And for the final..stay tuned. :-) I might try to combine a longish (marathon or possibly longer) event with a football game over the winter..somewhere south. So, I need to build up my long walks this summer; I am at 14 miles (22.5 km) right now.
Weights plus a run…of sorts. It was very rainy outside.
Weight: 180.0 on the gym scale.
Weights: pull ups (3 sets of 10) with rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 9 x 160 (rotator cuff)
incline: 10 x 135
pull ups: 2 sets of 10 mixed with
military press: 2 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell standing
super set: 3 sets of 10 x 130 pull down machine, 10 x 200 Hammer row, 10 x 100, 10 x 90 machine military
treadmill: 10:50 mile
track: 7:50 mile (3:55 each half)
treadmill: 10:40 mile
track: 8:53 mile (medium effort)
treadmill: run walk 11:30 cool down mile
It was enough to get some exercise but not so much that it drained me.
I am becoming ready for the semester to be over. Still: I have some interesting stuff to do.
Workout notes (38 F) Glacially slow, but steady 6.3 mile shuffle (tried to pick it up in the last mile); much better than last Thursday’s torture trudge though. Then weights:
super set of machine rows (3 sets 10 with 110), machine military (2 sets of 10 with 90 (each arm), 1 with 100), pull ups: 10-5-10-5-10
Then pull downs with rotator cuff (3 sets of 10 x 150, double pulley machine), pull ups 5-5 and then 5 more for 55 total.
bench press: 10 x 135, 10 x 155 (tough), 10 x 145 (more reasonable but not the joke that it should be).
I went to the ACLU banquet with Barbara and enjoyed all but the Q&A afterward (too long); over all, it was a good time.
There were many races to choose from today, including a trail 5K, two 5K runs across the river and one with a 7:30 am start down by the River. I chose the latter as I could use my Riverplex locker and then lift afterward.
So, I used my locker and ran a mile on a treadmill and then jogged about 10 more minutes outside prior the race; walked about 1.2 miles afterward.
Time: 25:45 via 8:13, 8:22. 8:21, 0:48. 60 F with a very light breeze. Place: 9 out of 105 finishers and 2’nd in 50-59. The winning time was a pedestrian 21:15…no, this wasn’t a 100 degree day, no 10,000 feet altitude, not a trail, pancake flat. It was just that the running talent was very diluted.
Going in, I felt heavy legged….AGAIN. I am not recovering between workouts.
Prior to the start I talked to Christy Dillard who would normally finish ahead of me, but she was recovering from long pacing duties last weekend (at a hilly ultra). There weren’t many people and we got off and looped around the restaurant area, through construction sites. As we headed back the river was on our right.
I was locked with some short guy who was to fall back; I had my sights on several who were ahead of me. In mile 2 I felt a bit sluggish but I was working. As we exited the boat area I gave some thought to catching people ahead of me; I caught 3 and went after 2 more; one fit guy and one little kid. I didn’t get either of those two though I closed on the kid.
There were walkers still headed out and one group wanted to pose for a photo at mile 1…and looked as if they would block the course! Fortunately someone alerted them just in time before the kid and I got there; this was closing in on mile 3.
I couldn’t close the deal on the kid though; I still broke 26. Afterward, I walked to Hooters and back; then went to the place where the post-race event was taking place. I didn’t eat anything other than 2 apples and 1 banana as I wanted to lift weights. However, awards were taking forever so I left to lift at the Riverplex.
Weights: pull ups (4 sets of 10, 2 of 5); 4 sets of 10 superset with 3 sets of seated machine military (90 each arm)
bench: 3 sets of 10 x 135 (challenging)
rows: 3 sets of 10 (machine with 45). I also did the rotator cuff.
About the event itself: the run part was reasonably well organized; slightly late start but the course was well marked. It featured an interesting twist: we started out running TOWARD the restaurant area, looping around the restaurants (some construction which was coned off) then heading back up the river where we looped the Marina part. I liked the new twist; every mile (including mile 3) was marked.
The food afterward: fruit, eggs, biscuits, etc. was very good (I only ate the fruit).
But the awards didn’t start until well past 2 hours after the event started. So I left to lift weights afterward.
Overall, only the “awards” was problematic; I liked everything else about it.
The title: aging and running.
I knew that eventually, I would slow down. What I didn’t appreciate was this:
1. The body needs more rest between hard efforts, and the rest needs to be easier.
2. The body responds differently; it isn’t that I should do the same things, only scaled down. I need to do different things.
3. A workout that had worked for years might no longer be the best for me…AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE. I am still sorting things out. However, whatever I find that works now…might not work 2-3 years from now!
4. Performance: yes, every year there is variation in performance. But every time I have a few “slowish” races (slower than I did in the previous 2-3 years) I start to wonder: “is this because I’ve gotten older or because I am not recovering from my training?”
So I’ll write out the data so I can compare: yes, it appears as I am slower than I’ve been since 2011; however I’ll know more after the May races, which aren’t that far away.
7 March 24:42 for 2.87 miles (about 26:45 for 5K) (recent illness) 39 of 83 (college students)
21 March 25:27 for 5K 71 of 269
28 March 25:50 5K (26 F) 15 of 68
11 April: 26:14 5K (some hills) 42 of 153
18 April: 25:45 5K or 9 of 105
This is what last year looked like (through May). I am certainly slower but I am not as far along on training; last year I had more “hard miles” under my belt by this time.
31 May: Family House 5K 26:50 (fell down)
24 May: River Run 5K (certified) 24:42 5K
10 May: Race For the Cure 25:27 5K
3 May Run to Remember 24:17 5K .
26 April: 26:47 5K (Bradley soccer 5K)
19 April: 23:27 2.96 (24:40 5K, or 23:45 3 mile)
5 April 22:31 (2.8 miles) 25:05 5K
29 March CIDA 25:09 5K
1 March: 27:27 for 3.25 miles: 26:10 5K.
5K (or close)
And I am ok with that.
My current “physical activity” routine:
M, F: swim (2200 yards, or 2000 meters)
Tu, Th: run (about 10K each) and lift weights (40 minutes to 1 hour)
W: walk (about 8-10K)
Sat: run (10K or a 5K race); sometimes lift afterward.
Sun: walk (10 miles to half marathon at the moment; longer walks are planned in the near future)
So, I do a little of several things but not enough of any activity to get reasonably good at it.
As far as the ultras go: I have friends who continue to do these. Personally: I like to think that I paid a visit to these activities starting with a 50K in 2002; I probably peaked in 2005 (two 100 mile finishes) and slid downward pretty severely in 2006 and have pretty much flopped since then. I did have one more 100 mile finish in me (2009; severe mud; took me almost 48 hours) and a 50 miler in 2011 (at a 24 hour race).
I am not really an ultra athlete; I “visited” that sport and eventually became too weak to pursue it further, save a 30 miler here or there. My goal is ONE marathon (or longer) per year; 2012 I had a bad walking marathon finish, 2013 a bad “walk/jog” marathon finish and a bad 30 mile finish last year. But I’ve kept the streak alive since 1998.
Anyway, about my physical activities:
1) I enjoy them.
2) I am staying out of the doctor’s office
3) I still enjoy testing myself in events lasting 7 minutes to just over 2 hours (my half marathon these-a-days; I have NOT run a half marathon faster than 2 hours since…my goodness, 2003? My last “good” half (sub 1:45) was in 2002 (a couple of them) and my last sub 1:40 was in 2001.
I won’t kid you: I was never good at any sport, but right now, I really don’t have a “primary” sport. What I do is I go through cycles when I emphasize one goal or another; my guess is that I’ll aim for a marathon walk in October and therefore move to doing more walking..sometime this summer. But most of the time, I have a “generic, a little of everything” routine.
It was slightly slick outside and foggy so that, plus my legs brought me to workout inside.
Run: treadmill: 2 miles 21:20
Track (middle lane): 7:49 (3:55/3:53)
4 lap walk, 4 lap jog (1 mile)
2.25 treadmill (2 in 20:20)
Weights (had to change my shirt; too sweaty):
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-(5-5) changed grip on the last set. rotator cuff recoveries.
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 180 (ok), 6 x 160 (weak)
incline: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells, each arm)
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 160 (traditional)
Superset: 3 sets of 10 x 110 row, with 10 x 90 (each arm) military, 10 x 130 pull down in between.
This wasn’t my toughest workout ever, but was good enough and I got in at least a little bit of “less glacial” running.
I spent the academic morning writing about Cantor sets and spaces, under the guise of
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